Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn Gothicism and Mr Blunt

It's strange getting your photo taken (well it is for me, the most awkward being ever) and even stranger to see that photo in a magazine, on the page before a James Blunt article :-o
Surreal?
Yes.
Happy promotion of le literature?
YES!

Here's a snapshot of the article for all those who didn't see it in the Herald (magazine) today. Click on pic to enlarge it.



Sam x

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wallace High School

Hullo all,

I'm home from my visit to the pupils of Wallace High School and I've had a fantastic day with them. Beautiful school, great teachers and really fun kids.

Now, as it has been with a few other schools I've visited, the workshop started off a little slow. Probably my fault - come on, who can really take someone, who's trembling so much she can't make the top of her water bottle hit her mouth (chin!), seriously? So yeah, it takes a little while for my nerves to smooth out and then I'm fine and dandy. The kids weren't giving me too much back at first but they eventually got going and I got some truly bizarre answers to some of the invented situations I proposed and some really random questions, which was brilliant. We all know I like random.

The last class were a small group of kids who had just got finished watching The Lost Boys which I totally forgot to put on my Halloween list for movies to watch! It's now added, just a classic really.
These kids were fantastic, coming up with some genious answers and lots of inquisitive questions about Lunarmorte which is fab.

Again the overall impression I got though was that teenagers don't seem to want to admit to liking books or writing. Apparently it's uncool?!! When did this happen and where was I? Of course obviously they are reading or we wouldn't have the amazing bestsellers in teen fiction that we do have so I don't think it's a problem. I just don't remember it being uncool. Of course in high school I was pretty oblivious. Me? High School? Big geek who thought being a big geek was cool :-p

So this post is to all my fellow geeks! We are so cool.

You know it.

Sam x

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Halloween

Hey guys, well it's Halloween week! Yay! I've just finished a 'photo shoot' in the rain for an article in the The Herald's (Glasgow) Saturday magazine (I'll be appearing in it this Saturday if you're curious :p). So a little soaked, and a little hysterical from having to stuff those impossible giggles back down my throat every time someone passed me by, ogling inquisivitely, as I was getting my picture taken by a professional photographer outside a gothic derelict inn, but I'm also brimming with Happy Halloweens.
For Halloween this week the fabulous blog http://www.cryhavocreviews.com/ are doing werewolf week! Check out an interview with yes, yours truly, and my take on the delicious furry supernatural beasties, and be sure to check in with Cry Havoc every day this week for something wonderfully new celebrating the gorgeous werewolf!

As for me I've been thinking carefully about my favourite Halloween picks in case some of you are out of Halloween gas this week and need a little help. Check out what books and movies I think are perfect for snuggling up with this Halloween week.

Books

Lunarmorte (Lunarmorte #1)- Sam Young (YES I did put my own book first!) 
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) - Richelle Mead  
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) - Cassandra Clare    
Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
The Glass House (Morganville Vampires #1) - Rachel Caine  
Stray (Shifters #1) - Rachel Vincent                   
Gone (Gone #1) - Michael Grant                       
The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) - Suzanne Collins
The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King
The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) - Kelley Armstrong
Bitten (Otherworld #1) - Kelley Armstrong
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) - Melissa Marr
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) - Becca Fitzpatrick


Movies!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or any of the Harry Potter movies!)
Scream Trilogy
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Coraline
The Corpse Bride
Pan's Labyrinth
HellBoy 1 & 2
Underworld
Underworld: Evolution
Blade Trilogy
Eden Lake
The Chronicles of Narnia 1 & 2
Hocus Pocus

Ahh well I hope you all have a fantastic Halloween! I'm being a little premature I know, especially as I'll be blogging tomorrow about my visit to Wallace High School in Stirling, but with pumpkins in every shop it's kind of hard not to get caught up.

Sam x


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Reviews!!

OK so today is a good day. Just as I was sitting reviewing Michael Grant's Gone for goodreads.com, the UK review site http://www.thetruthaboutbooks.com/ were reviewing Lunarmorte. Only the third review to come in from a review site or bookblogger so far it's pretty darn good  news:-D
As is Gone - check out my review on my author's profile at http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4167378.Samantha_Young

But first the review of Lunarmorte. The site has mis-spelled the title so if you do end up searching for the review on their site look for it under Lunamorte (without the first R). Check it out:
"Looking for a post-Twilight hit? Thank the Goddess for Lunamorte!
Yet another teen Werewolf novel, surely not? As the world continues to be gripped with Twilight-fever, all things supernatural are finding themselves the focus of many an author, resulting in the public being drenched in a deluge of vampires, werewolves and other nasties that make you go bump in the night. Lunamorte doesn’t claim to be anything different – it embraces it origins with multiple references to pop culture (like the film Underworld for example) and unashamedly takes pieces from all its contemporaries and has a distinctively American accent...

... as a whole, this book really flies. It is incredibly well written for a debut: gripping, fast-paced. It is totally engrossing and absolutely the kind of book you will be reluctant to put down. Getting to the heart of the story becomes all consuming to the point where the minor editorial mistakes seem inconsequential and irrelevant. Caia is wonderfully unassuming, yet feisty. Lucien is intimidating, yet gentle. The various strands of the story are woven together to create a beautiful tapestry blending the ancient and current, history and future. And we rather like the irksome Saffron; she’s impossibly mischievous, utterly annoying and gloriously terrifying all rolled into one dainty little creature! Amazing!

This may be another teen werewolf book: but this one has a extra bite to it... and we’re slavering after the next instalment…

To read the full review go to http://www.thetruthaboutbooks.com/book_review/sam_young/lunamorte.html



Sam x

P.S. To check out reviews for Lunarmorte go to http://www.samyoung1.webspace.virginmedia.com/Books2.htm and click on the link **Click here to read reviews of Lunarmorte**




Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dark Mornings and Tipi's

If you're living in the UK today and you don't know what people are talking about when they mention the spending review then I want to be living in la la land with you :-)
As someone working in the public sector, and having once already felt the sharp end of the stick of the budget cuts this month, it's safe to say I'm in Gloomsville with everyone else right now :-(
I'm so glad I have this...it tends to bring out the sun in Gloomsville. Today, or tonight should I say, I received a fantastic email from a girl from Brazil about Lunarmorte and even though the future is uncertain (strike up the dramatic music!) it made me feel great :-) <--- note the return of the smiley face (I don't like sad face...there's a sarcastic tilt to his mouth that suggests it's mocking your sadness rather than empathising).

Anyhoo, a week on Wednesday finds me at Wallace High School in Stirling for the return of the school visits. That means back to sweating hands, little appetite and the need to run in the opposite direction...but then I calm myself and the nerves, the loss of appetite and sweating palms...well...don't go away but neither do I. I stay and end up enjoying myself. I just have to remind myself of that, repeating it like a buddhist chant for the last 30 mins leading up to the visit. I wish I could visit in my tipi...you know just pack it all up in a backpack and then assemble it at the school. The tipi was calming.

And if you haven't read my blog before you will have no idea what I'm talking about in reference to the tipi. http://lunarmorte.wordpress.com/ - Fife Book Festival - that'll get you up to speed.

Well, am off to bed, up early tomorrow for work. Anyone else having problems getting up on these dark mornings? It's really discombobulating :-S

Sam x

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New blog yay!

Hi all! Welcome to my new blog page; I've just moved over here from http://lunarmorte.wordpress.com/ where you can check out some of my old posts.
I've just spent way too much of my Saturday afternoon setting this new blog up but it's got cooler add-ons
than my old blog  :-p

Please feel free to post comments or questions!

Not much to say other than that I am in a hurry to get this all set up so I can get back to the new book! It's coming along very nicely...although very nicely in writer speak generally translates to SLOWLY.
Off I go then.
Be Back soon.

Sam x